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BY 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter October 9, 2021

Finite Element Modelling of a Hearing Contact Lens Coupled to the Middle Ear

  • Dmitrii Burovikhin EMAIL logo , Michael Lauxmann and Ernst Dalhoff

Abstract

Hearing contact lens (HCL) is a new type of hearing aid devices. One of its main components is a piezoelectric actuator (PEA). In order to evaluate and maximize the HCL’s performance, a model of the HCL coupled to the middle ear was developed using finite element (FE) approach. To validate the model, vibrational measurements on the HCL and temporal bones were performed using a Laser-Doppler-Vibrometer (LDV). The model was validated step by step starting with HCL only. Then a silicone cap was fitted onto the HCL to provide an interface between the HCL and the tympanic membrane. The HCL was placed on the tympanic membrane and additional measurements were performed to validate the coupled model. The model was used to evaluate the sensitivity of geometrical and material parameters with respect to performance measures of the HCL. Moreover, deeper insight was gained into the feedback behavior, which causes whistling sounds, and the contact between the HCL and tympanic membrane.

Published Online: 2021-10-09
Published in Print: 2021-10-01

© 2021 The Author(s), published by Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston

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